POLL: Do you think energy drinks should be banned from sale to under-16s?

A health watchdog warns that some brands contain up to 16 teaspoons of sugar

POLL: Do you think energy drinks should be banned from sale to under-16s?

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A new report into energy drinks warns they're not suitable for children under the age of 16.

Health watchdog Safe Food says the drinks, which contain large amounts of sugar and caffeine, shouldn't be used for re-hydration after sport either.

It found a 500ml bottle of Mountain Dew contained 16-and-a-half teaspoons of sugar and the same amount of caffeine as a cup of espresso.

Monster Energy's 500ml can contains 14 teaspoons of sugar and the caffeine equivalent of two espressos.

The latest research shows that boys between 15 and 24 are the highest consumers, commonly using energy drinks as a mixer for alcohol.

Advertisers are being criticised for aiming campaigns at active young people with a focus on high adrenalin activities and music.

There are now calls for an awareness campaign to highlight the potential health issues.

What do you think? Would you support the ban?

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